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Brad Whiteley: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


It's not stretching the imagination to wonder where and how New York City fits the myriad of excellent jazz players who call the city home. They come, gratefully, from everywhere, bringing with them fresh ideas, odd twists on the tried and true and a creative energy that lights this most fertile diaspora. Making comparisons ...

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Brad Whiteley: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Pianist Brad Whiteley has had a lot of varied experiences in his career. He has played with rock artists like Regina Spektor and David Byrne and improvisers like Dave Liebman and Cameron Mizell. He's also worked on film soundtracks and played in the pit band of a Broadway show. That eclecticism is reflected in Presence--his second ...

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Presence

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: The Scythe; Question; Onward; When It Comes; Flip the Script; Trams; The Answer; Presence; When It Comes (alternate take).

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Presence

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Prelude, Intentions, Field of Heaven, Bridge Not An End, Garden of Angels, Sly, Summon The Spirit, For One To Know, Scallop Shell of Quiet, Mercury Crossing.

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Presence

Label: Destiny Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Dusk; Sunset Park; The Unwinding; Sinking Feeling; Everything Changes; Presence; When We Met; Demagogue; Dawn; K Car Funk '83; A Dark Day.

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John Petrucelli: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Call it what? Jazz-op? Jazzical? Silly names aside, histories of jazz and classical music are littered with failed attempts. Saxophonist John Petrucelli, an instructor at Carnegie Mellon University and student of jazz history, astronomy and philosophy, takes the lessons in and presents us with Presence. This ambitious and rewarding album successfully melds an up-for-it jazz quintet ...

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John Petrucelli: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Tenor-saxophonist John Petrucelli's Presence is an ambitious sprawl of an album. Petrucelli features a jazz quintet (with piano, bass, guitar and drums) together with a string quartet, then gives his tunes titles like “Field of Heaven," “Garden of Angels," and “Scallop Shell of Quiet," as if to warn the listener that the album carries more conceptual ...

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Orrin Evans: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


You have to wonder how many outlets a restless creative like hard bopping pianist Orrin Evans needs to fully express himself. Twenty-five or so albums into a legacy that finds him as the newest member of The Bad Plus after years of riffing and ripping it up with The Mingus Big Band, experimenting with soul/jazz Luv ...

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John Petrucelli: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Dustin Mallory


The sophomore effort from saxophonist John Petrucelli is a fresh and timely release of original compositions that were recorded in 2017 at the New Hazlett Theatre in Pittsburgh. The forthcoming album, titled Presence, pairs a jazz quintet with a string quartet as they perform John's majestic ten-movement suite. The album also features a guest appearance from ...

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Larry Ham/Woody Witt: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Larry Ham and Woody Witt's collaborative effort has brought forth the fruit of Presence, with the sophistication and melodic harmonic relationships that used to grace hard bop jazz, while still sporting just the right amount of abstract modernism from today's sound to supply a strong underpinning of the ensemble current. Woody Witt, a Houston ...


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